VSDCA: Noble Park aims for basics for crucial encounter

By Roy Ward

NOBLE Park aims to the do the basics right when it hosts Malvern in the Victorian Sub District Cricket Association south-east second XI qualifying finals this Saturday and Sunday.

The Parkers will face Malvern at Pat Wright Senior Oval in Noble Park and first-year captain Sean Schubert has set his side to focus on the basics.

The Parkers earned home ground advantage by finishing in third place, just ahead of fourth-placed Malvern.

“If we don’t complicate things too much we should win,” Schubert said. “The team that does the basics right will be well placed. I just want our guys to keep their core skills up, bowl straight lines and bowl to their field.”

Malvern took the points over the Parkers in a one-day game earlier this season but Schubert said his side was a good chance of winning this two-day game.

“It will be a very close game and I think everyone is pumped up and looking forward to this challenge.”

The side had a balance of ages with veterans such as Geoff Richardson and Darren Seccull leading the way for emerging players.

VSDCA south-east qualifying finals:

1st XI: Caulfield v Malvern, Caulfield Park; Oakleigh v Bayswater, Warrawee Park; Elsternwick v Box Hill, Elsternwick Park No 1. 2nd XI: Elsternwick v Oakleigh, Walter Galt Res; Brighton v Caulfield, Brighton Beach Oval; Noble Park v Malvern, Pat Wright Snr Oval. 3rd XI: Brighton v Malvern, McKenzies Res; Bayswater v Caulfield, Bayswater Oval; Oakleigh v Elsternwick, WAScammell Res. 4th XI: Oakleigh v Bayswater, Bayswater Park No.2; Box Hill v Brighton, Sydney Pargeter Res; Caulfield v Malvern, Caulfield Park No.1.

Games are played this Saturday and Sunday, starting at 1pm.